What Civil Rights Trailblazers Taught About Leadership

The second in a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When introduced to Nelson Mandela in 1994, former AARP CEO A. Barry Rand first noticed the ‚Äúquiet dignity‚ÄĚ that¬†the revered former South Africa president exuded. In a statement upon Mandela‚Äôs death, Rand also described the beloved Madiba‚Äôs ‚Äústrong conviction, inspiring confidence, the wisdom of his years and experiences, and a strong moral character.‚ÄĚ Rand concluded, ‚ÄúHe was a man of purpose at peace with who …

This Week in Boomer History: President Mandela … First in Space … ‘Vast Wasteland’

Notable events from our shared experience South Africa’s newly elected parliament chooses¬†Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president on May 9, 1994, four years after his release from prison. He had been serving a life sentence on charges of sabotage and conspiring to overthrow the government. Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space on May 5, 1961. On¬†May 9, 1961,¬†newly appointed FCC chair¬†Newton Minow¬†invites members of the National Association of Broadcasters to observe a full …

Las 10 noticias m√°s impactantes de 2013

El a√Īo 2013 qued√≥ marcado por noticias impactantes tanto en lo pol√≠¬≠tico, como en lo econ√≥mico y lo social. Desde la muerte de Hugo Ch√°vez y la elecci√≥n de un papa “reformador” hasta la muerte del l√≠¬≠der mundial Nelson Mandela, estas son, a mi juicio, las 10 principales noticias del a√Īo que termina. 1. ¬†La muerte de Hugo Ch√°vez El presidente venezolano Hugo Ch√°vez, un l√≠¬≠der carism√°tico y f√©rreo cr√≠¬≠tico del capitalismo, el modelo econ√≥mico neoliberal y el gobierno de …

10 hechos que probablemente no sabí­as de Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela era una leyenda viviente. Fue amado y admirado por todo el mundo, reflejado en libros y pel√≠¬≠culas, y colmado de premios y honores. Pero incluso una personalidad como √©l tambi√©n estuvo rodeado de hechos sorprendentes y pol√©micos a lo largo de su vida. ¬Ľ Fotos: 1963, el a√Īo de los derechos civiles Aqu√≠¬≠, 10 hechos que probablemente no sab√≠¬≠as: 1. Mandela estuvo en la lista de los terroristas m√°s buscados de Estados Unidos hasta 2008, cuando ten√≠¬≠a 89 …

Fulfilling Mandela’s Legacy

The world lost one of its most courageous and righteous leaders yesterday with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who was imprisoned for fighting against Apartheid in South Africa only to later become that country’s first elected president once Apartheid ended, dedicated his life to fighting for social justice and economic equality. My wife and I had the opportunity to meet Madiba on a trip to South Africa in 1994.¬† As we ate lunch together, I could not help but …

Nelson Mandela: 5 Musical Tributes to a Remarkable Hero

Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was one of the most remarkable heroes of the 20th century. He organized and led armed resistance against South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had disenfranchised 23 million black citizens and forced them to live in abysmal poverty, and endured decades of brutal imprisonment as a result. But after his release in 1990, he worked to negotiate a peaceful end to institutionalized racism – an achievement that earned …